Human Trafficking, both nationally and internationally, has evolved into a global industry with annual profits of more than a hundred billion dollars. This illegal industry, once dominated by Asian and Eastern European crime groups, as well as organizations from Latin America, has now become a growth industry for Mexican Drug Cartels as well. Additionally, those who are trafficked into the United States are often used by these groups to support other criminal enterprises.
Every day across the United States, law enforcement professionals cross paths with human trafficking victims as well as those who traffic them, often without ever recognizing the signs. Students of this class will:
- Learn the definitions and differences in various forms of human trafficking.
- Become familiar with significant international crime groups involved in trafficking.
- Understand the evolution of contemporary Mexican cartel trafficking operations.
- Understand and recognize the signs of human trafficking and related crimes.
- Much More!
INSTRUCTOR: The founder and president of Blue Line Academy, Andrew Eways, has been a sworn police officer for nearly thirty years. In his career, he has worked in various capacities including the investigation of Criminal Gangs, Transnational Gangs, and other Organized Crime groups. He has conducted and supervised covert investigations, street-level gang and narcotic operations, proactive enforcement teams, intelligence operations, and Title III Wiretap Investigations.
Eways began his career with the Maryland State Police, where he served in many capacities including Patrol, Detectives, Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Special Enforcement. He has supervised both Patrol and Investigative units, as well as various specialized investigative or operational groups. Following his career with the Maryland State Police, Eways became a sworn member of the Aurora Police Department in the Denver Metropolitan Area, where he currently holds the rank of Sergeant.
During his career, Eways has co-authored two non-fiction books about Sureño criminal gangs, as well as articles and columns too numerous to mention for various law enforcement publications and websites. He is a member in good standing of several law enforcement professional associations and presently serves as a board member for the International Latino Gang Investigator’s Association. He has provided expert testimony in cases involving various criminal organizations, and has assisted federal, state, and local authorities with investigations and enforcement operations. He has years of hands-on experience cultivating, recruiting, and supervising confidential informants, gathering actionable criminal intelligence, and investigating criminal activity including pattern crimes, narcotics distribution, extortion, large-scale criminal conspiracies, and homicides. He has investigated the activities of extremist groups, terrorist organizations, gangs both in prison and on the streets, and multi-jurisdictional drug organizations.
In addition to his extensive experience with gangs and organized crime groups, Eways also provides training programs specifically designed for patrol and operations personnel which allow them to conduct proactive enforcement effectively and safely. The classes he has designed prepare patrol and investigative personnel for every aspect of their investigations from evidence collection to courtroom testimony.
TRAINING: For a list of training classes offered by Blue line Academy, click here, or go to www.bluelineacademy.org and click on the courses tab.